Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current IssuesAuthor: Peterson Institute for International Economics
19 May 2019

Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.

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    Trade Talks Episode 86: When Is Tariff Revenue Bad Tax Revenue?

    Lucie Gadenne (University of Warwick, IFS) joins Keynes and Bown to explain when and why some countries use import tariffs as an important source of total tax revenue collections. They discuss her research on the fiscal cost of trade liberalization, what has happened recently when poor countries cut tariffs, and how and why things were different historically when today’s rich countries opened up to trade.

  • Posted on 17 May 2019

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    Trade Talks Episode 85: Trump-China Negotiating Dramatics and Even More Tariffs

    Keynes and Bown update the sudden change in US-China trade negotiations and President Trump’s tariff escalation. They speak with Lingling Wei in Beijing (Wall Street Journal) about misunderstandings and why the two sides remain so far apart. They also discuss the expected economic impact of Trump’s new tariffs, as well as his proposal to buy US farm products and distribute them to poor countries.

  • Posted on 13 May 2019

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    Trade Talks Episode 84: Brexit, British Politics, and European Parliamentary Elections

    Duncan Robinson (The Economist) joins Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown to provide an update on the Brexit process of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. They discuss ongoing cleavages in the major British political parties, and implications of the 2019 elections to the European Parliament taking place in the United Kingdom as well as across Europe.

  • Posted on 07 May 2019

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    Trade Talks Episode 83: Tariffs for Sale and Identity Politics

    Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown chat with Gene Grossman (Princeton University) about decades of research on what determines tariffs in the real world. They discuss the role that voters, politicians, lobbyists, and campaign contributions play in setting out the supply of and demand for trade protection. They also describe what political economists may have gotten wrong, as well as the role that identity politics may have played in shaping the recent trade backlash and election of Donald Trump.

  • Posted on 02 May 2019

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    Trade Talks Episode 82: How Big Is the USMCA? It’s Uncertain

    Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and Chad P. Bown of PIIE discuss the hotly anticipated US International Trade Commission economic impact assessment of the US-Canada-Mexico Agreement. They explain the ITC use of economic models to show potential effects on the US economy of changing from the North American Free Trade Agreement to the new USMCA. They describe distributional and overall economic impacts arising through the resolution of uncertainty on data and digital information, new rules of origin for the automobile sector, and other policy changes induced by the USMCA.

  • Posted on 29 Apr 2019

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